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at the airport. the f.a.a. imposing furloughs on thousands of employees. those cuts are being blamed on sequester. guess what? delays, delays, delays. >>steve: with fewer workers responsible for the same number of planes that means you're going to have to wait. here now stuart varney, we're not going to make him wait. the scare quester didn't work. now what they're trying to do is inflict pain. people are going to sit on planes, they're going to call their congressmen. "you've got to do something about it! " >> that's right. quick pop quiz. did you know the f.a.a., the people who run the air traffic system, this year they will spend $500 million on consultants, $325 million on supplies and travel, $474 million on grants to make communities more livable and sustainable. >>steve: are you saying there's money available where they don't have to furlough those guys? >> exactly. why don't you take some of that money and put it into the air traffic controllers' bucket so we don't have to have these delays? because the president says we don't have the flexibility. we cannot redirect spending. not allowed
.s. police say the -- >>> if you have travel plans, you better start packing some patience, the faa begins its furloughs of 47,000 employees, that starts today. the department of transportation said to expect delays at the nation's busiest airports. >>> plus, drowning your sorrows may cost you some more. anheuser-busch, they make budweiser, they have been given approval of a merger with the makers of the mexican beer corona. the company agreed to a deal with the government that could ensure competitive prices. some experts think that beer prices, nonetheless, are going to rise. so, bottoms up. >>> time now for the weather, by the way, and we're going to go over to erica martin. from our new haven affiliate. in for ginger zee this morning. good morning. >> i'm really excited about this image that was sent to us by tim burgess. it's the international space station over stonehenge. so absolutely gorgeous. but we have a live shot over miami, a little stormy for today. unfortunately not looking fabulous, at least not for this sunday, and conditions will be rough out there. thunderstorms could b
started for 47,000 f.a.a. employees. that means there are fewer air traffic controllers at airports including here in the bay area. government budget cuts are forcinged it rail agencies to -- federalagcies to endi no major flight delays in the bay area. and now to texas where tonight we are learning that the first responders who rushed in to put out the massive fire at the fertilizer plant in the small town of west paid a staggering price much higher than we initially thought. abc news reporter is there. >> today outside that massive explosion site at the texas fertilizer plant, the local sheriff told us that the first reonders who died didn't ve a chance. 14 people were killed and auies say 12 ofm we firefighters and paramedics and other, woulders there trying to -- workers trying to put out the initial fire that may have caused the explosion. >> our priority is the line of duty death investigation for the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives this this incident. >> reporter: it is one of the greatest losses of first responders since the 2007 charleston sofa factor
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